Every life has a different path full of sharp turns, smooth curves, and steep drop offs.
Hollis Murphy has a plan—college, career, boyfriend, love, marriage, family. A predictable, normal life. She’s on track until an outside force causes her to crash and burn. They call it an accident, because that’s the only word they know to explain what happens to her. It helps everyone move on with their lives, except for Hollis. She holds on to the belief that she’s been targeted for a reason.
Risher Stevenson is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the hottest boy Hollis has ever laid eyes on. He fits perfectly into her original plan for a normal life. Everyone loves him.
Benton Daniels is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the bravest boy Hollis has ever met. He doesn’t fit into her life but gives it purpose and makes it extraordinary. Everyone hates him.
One is bullied. One is tormented. All are judged. How will it STOP?
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“Name?” she said, impatiently.
I was so flustered that for a second I’d forgotten who I was. “Hollis Murphy.”
She scribbled something on a spreadsheet and handed me a packet with my name and the number two hundred ten typed out on the front sticker, which I assumed was my room number.
In a flat bored voice, she said, “Everything you need to know is in the packet. Should you have any additional questions or needs after reading the information, please ask your RA. Have a productive semester. Next!”
Clutching the envelope to my chest, my gaze shifted back down, and I walked quickly out of the office.
As I turned the corner, a loud deep woot! jerked my attention down the hall. I took one step before crashing full force into something solid and warm. Stumbling back, I dropped the envelope. Once my balance returned, my eyes focused on a gray T-shirt with cut off sleeves, stretched across broad shoulders. When I glanced down in search of my envelope, I couldn’t help but spot the narrow hips and round ass covered in black basketball shorts. As I squatted to pick up the envelope, a tanned forearm came into view. My gaze roamed up to find the arm was covered in bulging muscles.
“Oh god, I’m so . . . sor…ry,” I stammered, my cheeks heating with embarrassment.
“Here ya go,” a deep voice said.
Reaching for the envelope, my gaze inadvertently shot up to the warmest green eyes ever created. His dark brown hair was cut short on the sides, longer on top, and tousled. The perfect amount of scuff peppered his strong jawline, with deep dimples framing a sexy lopsided smile. The air was immediately sucked from my lungs. He wasn’t just hot, he was boy band hot.
A deep chuckle drifted down before I realized he had stood up and was extending his hand to me.
Oh boy! I get to touch him.
I slipped my hand into his and felt an immediate jolt of electricity. The muscles in his arm twitched. He felt it too.
“Thank you,” I said, as he helped me up.
“I’m Risher Stevenson.”
He was actually introducing himself to me.
It had become a habit not to look directly at anyone, especially a stranger. I automatically angled my head down and to the left, to hide the messed-up side of my face. But those green eyes locked me in place.
“Nice to meet you Hollis Murphy.”
“Sorry again about running into you. I need to do a better job at watching where I’m going.”
The tip of his tongue slipped between his lips before they formed into a slight smirk. Just as he was about to speak, his name came barreling down the hallway.
“Rish! Get your ass down here. We’ve got a ton of boxes to haul in.” A blond-haired guy was standing at the end of the hall.
“I gotta go finish helping my friends move in.”
Risher took three steps before turning back toward me. “Don’t do too good of a job.”
My eyebrows squished together in confusion.
“At watching where you’re going. I hate to think I won’t get rump bumped again.”
He winked before jogging away.
I Sasquatched those shoulders, those hips, and that ass all the way down the hall.
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Alison G. Bailey has touched my soul once again with this beautifully written story about love, friendship, and compassion. I felt every word on every page. Alison has a special way of bringing serious topics into her storyline, creating incredibly strong amazing characters, and melting your heart every chapter until the very end. Just like Present Perfect, this book will stay with me beyond many others.
I hadn't accepted what had happened to me as being an accident, but I had accepted, kind of, the fact that no real boy would ever want to be with me. ~Hollis
Hollis Murphy has endured more pain and loss than any high school student should. After a freak accident, Hollis is trying to hold on to the future she had planned. Starting her first year of college away from the comforts of home and her best friend, she struggles to fit in among her peers. Between a roommate that is battling their own demons and crushing on the most sought after boy on campus, Hollis must find the confidence and strength she needs to hold it all together despite the hate and jealousy that surrounds her.
It was incredibly easy for me to get lost in all things Risher. Without even knowing it, he made me forget about the past year, the ugly names, and the mean looks. I felt like a normal girl falling for this perfect boy. ~Hollis
Risher Stevenson is the golden boy. With the warmest green eyes and the sweetest smile, all the girls want him. But Risher is more than just a pretty face. Unfortunately, he has his own dark past that he is trying to run away from. When Risher and Hollis first meet, there is a connection between them that is beyond sexual chemistry. A connection that neither one of them have ever experienced or understand. With everything stacked up against them and the hidden secret behind Hollis' dorm room door, Hollis must be prepared to dig deep and fight once again.
"Look at me, looking at you." His sweet smile appeared. "You're even more beautiful than you were five minutes ago, five hours ago, five days ago, or even five weeks ago when I first laid eyes on you." ~Risher
STOP! is definitely one of the best books of the year! It will touch your heart and remind you how powerful our words and our actions are. How just simple words can not only heal but also destroy at the same time. This was truly an amazing book, and I hope you LOVE it just as much as I did.
"We are more than the labels people place on us." ~Alison G. Bailey
♥ Review by Lys
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Author Bio and Links
Alison was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She attended Winthrop University and graduated with a major in Theater. While at school Alison began writing one-act plays, which she later produced. Her debut novel, Present Perfect, landed on Amazon's Best Seller List and appeared on many "Best Reads of 2013" Book Blogs. The novel won Best Book at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention Awards. Her second novel, Past Imperfect, was published in February of 2014 and appeared on several best books of 2014 lists as well. Presently Perfect, the third and final book in The “Perfect” series was released in Dec 2014 to rave reviews. In March 2015 all the love, swoon, heat, and angst were combined into the Perfect Series Box Set.